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becoming like the cyclical wild: why I garden

becoming like the cyclical wild: why I garden

The garden is a meditation practice…In the garden one can see the time coming for both fruition and for dying back. In the garden one is moving with rather than against the inhalations and exhalations of greater wild Nature. Through this meditation we acknowledge that the Life/Death/Life cycle is a natural one. Both live-giving and … Continue reading

tapping into the flow of self renewal

tapping into the flow of self renewal

Happy first day of spring! (For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, of course). I’m still on my self-proclaimed spring break, planting poppies and savoring strawberries. Making art and lingering at an outdoor cafe. Planning a weekend adventure at the beach. In the midst of all this, it occurred to me that you might … Continue reading

give false urgency the slip: now!

give false urgency the slip: now!

I was eating a delicious chicken sandwich when I got the idea to write this. Within seconds I was up and had the computer on, barely aware of what I was doing. You know what that means, right? I immediately acted from a place of false urgency even though I am anti-false urgency. False Urgency is … Continue reading

why we all need a day at the beach

why we all need a day at the beach

There was something so mesmerizing about the Amish family at the beach. At first they seemed out of place. Long skirts and bonnets. Dark hats, pants, shirts. Beards growing down to their chests. Suspenders. Not at all what you’d expect to find on a Northern California beach on a balmy January day. Amidst the flip-flops … Continue reading

turning toward the spiral of life

turning toward the spiral of life

The Destroyer becomes our ally when we recognize the need to change or give something up without denying the pain or grief involved. –Carol S. Pearson, Awakening the Heroes Within This morning I woke up thinking about Carol Pearson. The spirals came later. Actually, I was thinking about something Carol said eight years ago in … Continue reading

the wisdom of less

the wisdom of less

I’ve always had a tendency to want to fill things in. Like my garden, for instance. When I began my quest to create a calm and inviting outdoor space I planted way too much. Within two years the grasses and lavenders and perennials were tussling for space. Reluctantly, I dug up more than a few … Continue reading

when one door closes…

when one door closes…

“When one door closes another opens, but all too often there’s a long hallway in between.” -Rick Jarow I’ve always loved that quote, even though it portends dark times will be had in those hallways. I know some people actually say it’s hell in the hallways. And we should try to get to the next … Continue reading

nothing’s worth worrying about

nothing’s worth worrying about

A few hours before officially ringing in the New Year I heard a story on the radio about a man who died and came back to life. He was running some kind of race–a marathon, I think–and as he crossed the finish line he collapsed. His heart stopped. Things looked bleak. But a valiant doctor … Continue reading

the story of 2012: your tests and trials

the story of 2012: your tests and trials

Last week I decided it would be fun and meaningful to look back on 2012 as if it were a mythic story. I created a series of prompts that are a little different from the usual year-in-review suspects. I started with the call to adventure that’s a part of all mythic stories: deep yearning, love … Continue reading